Florida 10-Year-Old Runs Mile for Fallen K9 Officer from North Carolina
The run is part of Zechariah Cartledge’s commitment to run at least a mile for each officer who passes away in the line of duty.
The aftermath of the shooting death of a North Carolina police officer this weekend is being felt as far away as Florida.
Officials say that 32-year-old Mooresville K-9 Officer Jordan Harris Sheldon was killed during a routine traffic stop Saturday night.
"I don't think words can compare to how my officers are feeling," Police Chief Damon Williams said in a news conference Sunday. "We have a lot of questions. We're angry."
When 10-year-old Zechariah Cartledge of Winter Park, Florida, learned of Sheldon’s death, he set out to pay tribute to him in his own unique way.
Cameras rolled on Sunday as Cartledge ran a mile around his middle school track in honor of Sheldon’s sacrifice. Accompanied by local law enforcement officers, the impressive youngster carried the "Thin Blue Line" flag with him for the entirety of his run
Cartledge’s most recent run is part of his solemn commitment to run at least 150 miles for the officers who passed away in the line of duty in 2018, plus an additional mile for each officer who dies in 2019.
"I really just wanted to honor police officers because they do so much for us in the community and the hate that they're getting is just really unacceptable because they do so much for us and when I hear an officer pass away it just breaks my heart," Cartledge told Fox & Friends.
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Cartledge also ran one mile for Riley Howell, the UNCC student who was shot and killed while trying to stop a gunman who opened fire on his anthropology class.
You can follow Cartledge’s mission on his Facebook page, Running 4 Heroes.